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Hey Montana - StittHappens
Governor Bullock on Labor Day: "Montana's Economy is Strong and Getting Stronger Every Day" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- On the Farm: Startups Put Data in Farmers' Hands
Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms--one measured in bytes, not bushels.
- Groups call for $500 million initiative to prepare for 'deluge of data' from Internet of Things
The deluge of data flowing from these sensors will create a world of "big data" that would vastly surpass today's information flows
Big Sky Commerce
- 37 Pictures of Montana That Will Make You Wish You Lived There
Where you don't have to die to go to Heaven.
Great Falls Development Authority
- With new chip credit cards on way here's what consumers (and merchants especially) need to know
Beginning Oct. 1, merchants that have not updated point-of-sale devices to recognize chips will be held liable if there is fraud at the register in the store if the bank has issued cards with chips. Whoever has the older technology is liable for fraud. If both the bank and the retailer have updated their technology, the liability falls back to the bank.
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Top 19 for August 25, 2015
Here's the GFDA Top 19 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward. Another big week for Great Falls!
- GFDA Top 20 for August 30, 2015
Every week starts with Top 0, and through the initiative and perseverance of thousands throughout the region, by the end of the week we have some great things to celebrate.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Account Executive, Front-End Developer/Designer, Sr. Full Stack Developer, Technical Marketing Director/Manager, Resident Superhero - IgniteFeedback
Oh yeah, and by the way we're based in beautiful Bozeman, MT (#1 ski town in the US) so if you are relocating you can say goodbye to the traffic on your big city commute.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Front End Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Cloud Operations Engineer, Software Development Engineer in Test, Interaction Designer - Workiva
We started with an idea: make complex collaboration easy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior IT, Security & Compliance Analyst - Pulsara
You will own the development, implementation, and enforcement of IT and security policies and procedures throughout the company.
- Blackstone Launchpad welcomes new University of Montana students
The Launchpad provides students, alumni and staff with the resources to pursue entrepreneurship as a viable path.
- VA and Hestia In-Home Support offering Senior Veterans care at home
This program is for Veterans who need skilled services, case management and help with activities of daily living
- Startup ReachASD hopes to help children with autism in rural areas
ReachASD http://www.reachasd.com/ ,which will have a soft launch on Sept. 1, will be one of the first companies in the U.S. to offer autism therapy through video chat.
- Bozeman's Paul Churchill creates nationally influential podcast Recovery Elevator
"I wish it was harder (to find guests)," Churchill said. "There are so many alcoholics out there; it's ridiculous."
Montana Economic Development
- Simms Fishing Products breaks ground on expansion in Bozeman, Montana
Simms is the only fishing wader manufacturer in the U.S.
- Bernice's Bakery in Missoula, Montana Featured in PBS's A Few Great Bakeries
Bernice's is a from scratch bakery offering the Missoula community fresh baked goods, beautiful and delicious cupcakes, cakes, and pies, and a healthy, fresh lunch menu.
- Montana labor report: Worker shortage begins as baby boomers retire
"It's not about finding the right worker, but finding a worker." Commissioner of Labor and Industry Pam Bucy
- Governor Bullock on Labor Day: "Montana's Economy is Strong and Getting Stronger Every Day"
"With actions designed to improve training, hiring, and retention practices, Montana will meet these upcoming challenges and continue to outperform the nation and other states in our economic growth."
- Bozeman forum highlights Asian opportunities for Montana business
"I think Montana is a great brand," said Kathy Stephens, a former U.S. Ambassador to Korea. "I do think there's untapped potential."
TEDx Events in Montana
- New Economic Development Website for City of Livingston and Park County Launches
Designed to support existing and startup businesses, entrepreneurs, and businesses interested in expanding or relocating to Park County, the website offers quick and easy access to information and resources.
- Governor Bullock Announces Trade Mission to Taiwan, South Korea October 24 - 30
"With an increasingly connected global economy, I am committed to enhancing the competitiveness of Montana businesses in the international marketplace," said Bullock. "I look forward to strengthening our trade relations with these two countries and promoting the quality and authenticity of Montana's businesses, products, and people."
- TED Talk - Brené Brown: Listening to shame
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Learn to control your emotions
When leaders blow up, lose their tempers or let their emotions get the better of them, they can quickly develop a reputation as volatile, moody, defensive or having a lack of leadership presence.
- 'Perfect storm': Demand for nurses remains high; hospitals work to keep pace
Rising patient numbers combined with a booming need for more care has created growing demand for more nurses in Montana that's putting extra strain on health care facilities across the state as they race to fill the need.
- Why I'm Not Looking To Hire Computer-Science Majors
The thing I don't search for in a developer is a degree in computer science.
- Video: Ammon, ID - unlike any other open access network in the world.
Christopher Mitchell has called the idea "open access on steroids" and the "best shot at demonstrating what can be done as far as innovation on an open network."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Outdated ideas driving wildfire policies
The only reasonable response that has been proven to work is to keep people from building in the "fire plain" (analogous to a flood plain) by zoning and to reduce the flammability of existing homes.
- Police Taser drones authorized in North Dakota
Criminals in North Dakota may soon find themselves zapped by Tasers from on high.
- Is Portland really a city for young retirees
Portland, Ore., is known for attracting young, highly educated residents -- but in a city where work-life balance often trumps career goals, is it a haven for young people looking to "retire?"
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Apple's Ad-Blocking Is Potential Nightmare for Publishers
"The operating system and browser makers have a great deal of power when it comes to the consumer experience. We are concerned about the moves they're making."
- When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom
It improves attention, reduces stress, and results in better emotional regulation and an improved capacity for compassion and empathy.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Harvard Business School launches 'virtual classroom' for students anywhere
It enables participants from around the world to engage in a dynamic and highly interactive discussion under the direction of a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula Children's Theatre at 75 percent of its goal for capital campaign
Through the touring programs, teams visit almost 1,200 communities a year and provide local kids with the scripts, costumes and props to stage a play in a week. They've traveled to all 50 states as well as countries like Japan, Germany, Bahrain and more, including U.S. military bases overseas.
Energy and Climate Change
- What the Companies on the Inc. 5000 All Have in Common
...they are flawed but fearless.
- 16 Startup Metrics - Andreessen Horowitz
Ultimately, though, good metrics aren't about raising money from VCs -- they're about running the business in a way where founders know how and why certain things are working (or not) ... and can address or adjust accordingly.
- The Four Best Productivity Tricks I Learned At Google
A two-year tenure at Google gave a team of people the productivity skills to start their own venture.
- Google's head of mindfulness: 'goodness is good for business'
A growing awareness of the importance of our emotional fitness, he says, is mirroring the same journey of acceptance that physical exercise took in the last century.
Connectivity & Communications
- Governor Bullock announces Missoula-area Montana Innovator Awards
"As governor, I'll continue to do my work on building emerging industries that encourage innovation. That's really one of the pillars of economic growth as we look to the future. One area where we're particularly going to need that entrepreneurial activity is our emerging energy economy. I also have a responsibility that Montana is prepared for the 21st century. That our kids and grandkids will have every opportunity that we had in this state growing up and more."
- Harnessing Montana's Wind
Wind power could become big business in Montana if transmission lines were not at max capacity
- President Obama Makes Urgent Appeal in Alaska for Climate Change Action
"We're not acting fast enough. I have come here today, as the leader of the world's largest economy and its second-largest emitter, to say that the United States recognizes our role in creating the problem, and we embrace our responsibility to help solve it."
- New light bulbs offer alternative to LEDs and CFLs
"We've created a bulb that has everything you love about incandescents, especially the warm, comfortable light quality, just without the energy waste," said John Goscha, founder and CEO of Finally.
- Nearly 2,000 Butte residents among those revealed in Ashley Madison hack
An analysis of user and credit card information leaked by hackers and posted online found approximately 1,956 accounts in Butte and a total of 49,900 in Montana.
- Google will alert you to severe weather
Google's weather alerts will use your location and other personal data to give you more relevant information during disasters.
- Missoula, Montana Based Wood For Haiti gathering lumber to help poverty stricken Haiti
"Right now, there's no wood so they build with cement. When there's an earthquake it turns into a tomb for the people. It just crumbles and kills."
- Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding
Louis Brandy pauses before answering, needing some extra time to choose his words. "I'm going to get in so much trouble," he says. The question, you see, touches on an eternally controversial topic: the future of computer programming languages.
- Business Travelers Warming Up to Car-Sharing
Despite the attention being paid to Uber and Lyft, rental car companies are proliferating, seeking to serve a growing market of younger travelers and their ever-changing tastes, experts say.
- Self-driving cars will be commonplace in 5 to 10 years
Auto enthusiasts and analysts have been debating autonomous cars for years. Some critics think they're decades away from becoming a reality, and at least one survey has shown that a majority of motorists don't want to be anywhere near them (despite the fact that autonomous cars are better drivers).
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